Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death.

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day:

It is an offence to make any recordings or take photographs within the Court Room or the Court building

Monday 6 to Friday 10 January 2020

Jury hearing

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Paul Williams
  • Age: 39
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham Maelor 12.2.17
Tuesday 14 January 2020

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Jacqueline Gail Cowley
  • Age: 55
  • Place and date of death: Shotton 16.01.19

11am

  • Name: Lynne Nel
  • Age: 50
  • Place and date of death: Rhyl 28.04.19

11.45am

  • Name: Carl Bernard Smith
  • Age: 48
  • Place and date of death: Pensarn 05.07.19

12.30pm

  • Name: Peter Skidmore
  • Age: 69
  • Place and date of death: Stoke on Trent 06.08.19

2pm

  • Name: Robin Glen Burness Watts
  • Age: 88
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 07.08.19

2.45pm

  • Name: Elizabeth Smith
  • Age: 97
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 20.08.18
Thursday 16 January 2020

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno LL30 2UP

10am

  • Name: Alan Smith Carroll
  • Age: 85
  • Place and date of death: Colwyn Bay 16.08.19

10.45am

  • Name: Robert Stephen Kotkowicz
  • Age: 53
  • Place and date of death: Llandudno 13.09.19

11.30am

  • Name: Ian William Lawson Calley
  • Age: 67
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 13.09.19

12 noon

  • Name: Patricia Dickenson
  • Age: 85
  • Place and date of death: Colwyn Bay 17.09.19

12.30pm

  • Name: Maureen Cunniam
  • Age: 58
  • Place and date of death: Colwyn Bay 30.06.19
Friday 17 January 2020

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

9.30am

  • Name: Peter Llewellyn Owen
  • Age: 48
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 30.03.19

10am

  • Name: James William Wilson
  • Age: 88
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham Maelor 19.03.19

11.15am

  • Name: Ruth Bamber
  • Age: 97
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 04.06.19

2pm

  • Name: Brendan Patrick Lawlor
  • Age: 51
  • Place and date of death: Trefnant 16.03.19

3.15pm

  • Name: Adrion Greenwood
  • Age: 60
  • Place and date of death: Mancot 01.04.18
Friday 24 January 2020

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Colin Graham Hornsby
  • Age: 17
  • Place and date of death: Denbigh 26.10.18

10am

  • Name: John Michael Jones
  • Age: 18
  • Place and date of death: Denbigh 26.10.18

10am

  • Name: Leon Daniel Rice
  • Age: 17
  • Place and date of death: Denbigh 26.10.18
Wednesday 29 January 2020

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY

10am

  • Name: Robert David Jones
  • Age: 36
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham 30.05.19

11.00am

  • Name: Hugh McMullan
  • Age: 95
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 24.08.19

11.45am

  • Name: Gary Andrew Evans
  • Age: 53
  • Place and date of death: Shotton 08.02.19

2pm

  • Name: Bruce Leslie Hughes
  • Age: 76
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 26.08.19

2.45pm

  • Name: Daniel Robert Oakley
  • Age: 28
  • Place and date of death: Pennant Uchaf 06.09.19

3.30pm

  • Name: William Cooper
  • Age: 68
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham Maelor 11.09.19

 

Thursday 30 January 2020

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Doreen Jones
  • Age: 84
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 04.06.19
Friday 31 January 2020

Inquest location: Coroner’s Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1YN

10am

  • Name: Michael John Langton
  • Age: 43
  • Place and date of death: Flint 12.06.19

10.45am

  • Name: Bryan David Thomas
  • Age: 45
  • Place and date of death: Rhyl 21.06.19

11.30am

  • Name: Elsie Parry
  • Age: 95
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 02.09.19

12.15pm

  • Name: Joyce Ashworth
  • Age: 81
  • Place and date of death: Wrexham Maelor 05.09.19

2pm

  • Name: Anna Williams
  • Age: 92
  • Place and date of death: Colwyn Bay Hospital 05.09.19

2.45pm

  • Name: Carl Taylor
  • Age: 32
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 04.09.19

3.30pm

  • Name: Irene Jones
  • Age: 89
  • Place and date of death: Glan Clwyd 02.08.19

4.15pm

  • Name: James Stuart Crosbie
  • Age: 91
  • Place and date of death: Mold 21.01.19

 

 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047